The Healing Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth

The Healing Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth

Dr. Cowden warns that only the highest quality food grade DE is a health supplement.  Any other kind can be very dangerous which is why there are such wide views on DE as an alternative health product.

Some of the most recent studies show that it can strengthen bones and joints, prevent osteoporosis and restore bone health if you already have osteoporosis, boost the immune system, ward off Alzheimer’s, prevent premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, and strengthens the arterial walls to maintain good heart health. Another of the benefits of silica is that it helps to destroy bad fats in the body. Used as a daily treatment, diatomaceous earth can alleviate the potentially deadly risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Additionally, because of its physical structure, diatomaceous earth is a highly effective anti-inflammatory and internal cleansing agent for the body. It can remove intestinal bacteria, parasites, e-coli, viruses, pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins. It has also been known to assist with vertigo, headaches, tinnitus, and insomnia.

Diatomaceous Earth is mostly silica, a mineral that is required for all life on earth. DE also contains other trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, sodium, titanium, boron, manganese, copper, and zirconium. For these minerals, many people add small amounts of diatomaceous earth in a drink or meal – but it must be FOOD GRADE ONLY.

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Cymbalta Warning: Discontinuing May Result in Severe Withdrawal Symptoms

Cymbalta Warning: Discontinuing May Result in Severe Withdrawal Symptoms

In 2008, Cymbalta became the second drug to receive FDA approval for the treatment of fibromyalgia. It was classified as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant. At the time, the FM community was excited to have another medication available that would hopefully reduce pain for at least some FM patients. Little did we suspect the misery that could result when those patients wanted to stop taking Cymbalta.

The medical community has long known that abruptly discontinuing any antidepressant can result in Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome. That’s why patients are (or should be) strongly urged not to suddenly quit taking an antidepressant but to talk with their doctor about gradually tapering off the medication.

Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome

However, neither physicians nor patients expected the severity of withdrawal from Cymbalta. In fact, it’s bad enough to warrant its own diagnosis – Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome. An FDA advisory committee report about Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome states, “Much anecdotal evidence has accumulated documenting the injury, distress and life management impacts caused by discontinuation of Cymbalta. The effects of discontinuation can be severe and extend for weeks or even months.”

As you read through patient descriptions of their Cymbalta withdrawal experiences, it’s not uncommon to see terms like “horrific,” “a nightmare,” and “going through hell.” Some of the withdrawal symptoms described include:

“Brain zaps”
(electric shock sensations)
Extreme mood swings
(“irritability that quickly turns to rage”)
Suicidal thoughts Paranoia
Dizziness Confusion
Nausea and Vomiting Limb pain
Headache Fatigue
Nightmares Insomnia
Diarrhea Anxiety
Excessive sweating Agitation
Involuntary crying or laughing Hypomania
Tinnitus Seizures

The Discontinuation Dilemma

When it comes to discontinuing Cymbalta, the prescribing information says, “A gradual reduction in the dose rather than abrupt cessation is recommended whenever possible. If intolerable symptoms occur following a decrease in the dose or upon discontinuation of treatment, then resuming the previously prescribed dose may be considered. Subsequently, the physician may continue decreasing the dose but at a more gradual rate.”

While gradually reducing the dose sounds like a reasonable approach, there is one very big problem. Cymbalta is only available in three dosages: 20 mg., 30 mg. and 60 mg. To complicate things even further, Cymbalta is a capsule, not a tablet that can be cut in half. Adding insult to injury, patients are warned, “Cymbalta…should not be chewed or crushed, nor should the capsule be opened and its contents sprinkled on food or mixed with liquids.” So although Cymbalta manufacturer, Eli-Lilly, recommends gradually reducing the dose, there is virtually no way to actually do that.

What Can You Do?

If you’re currently taking Cymbalta and want to stop, talk with your doctor about developing a discontinuation plan. Make sure your doctor is aware of how severe Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome can be and discuss possible options for treating the various symptoms that you may experience. Some doctors have tried switching patients to a different antidepressant that is easier to taper off of and then treating other symptoms with appropriate medications (like antiemetics, antihistamines, etc.) through the withdrawal process.

If you are contemplating whether or not to take Cymbalta, be aware of what you’re getting yourself into. Trying to get off of the drug may leave you feeling far worse than the fibromyalgia symptoms you’re trying to relieve. Thoroughly discuss the pros and cons with your doctor before making a decision.

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Jenna’s Lyme Blog Merges With Prohealth!

Jenna's Lyme Blog Merges With Prohealth!

Big news for LymeDiseaseResource.com and Jenna’s Lyme Blog!

I am joining Prohealth as their new Lyme editor as the launch their latest health center for Chronic Lyme Disease.  This means more resources for all of us, including a very generous fundraising arm in the company headed by Prohealth’s founder, Rich Carlson.

Rich is a long time sufferer of Fibromyalgia and has grown Prohealth from a small supplement catalog to a world-class information and support center for people who are suffering from Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME), as well as people who want to improve their over-all health. 

Rich donates a generous percentage of company profits to research on these two diseases and has decided to add chronic Lyme disease to the family.  The Lyme Health Center will launch on March 15th, 2015 at which time all my blog posts will be published there along with editorials on all new medical abstracts and news articles, as well as having our own forum and Facebook page!

Rich also has plans for a big fundraising concert in the next year.  His last fundraising event for Fibromyalgia raised over 8 million dollars, so having Rich bring us into his family will be a boon to hard working researchers who have to beg for every penny at their labs.

We want to hear from you.

Is there anything special you want to read about? Are you concerned about any aspect of Lyme disease that you feel is under-reported? Do you want to read more real-life stories? Let me know.

I will be moderating the Facebook page and the forum – and you will still be able to comment on articles like you do now.

So don’t be shocked when this page automatically forwards you to Prohealth by the end of March. Momentum is moving faster and stronger to bring chronic Lyme disease to the forefront of America’s health concerns.

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Deadly Bourbon Virus; a New Co-Infection of Lyme Disease

Deadly Bourbon Virus; a New Co-Infection of Lyme Disease

A Kansas farmer, John Seested, age 68, died in June, 2014 after testing negative for all tick-borne illnesses, The Fort Scott Tribune reported. Still, tick-borne illnesses was listed among three causes of death on his death certificate. He was 68. Continue reading

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Best Antibiotics to Combat “Persisters” in Lyme Disease According to New Study

Best Antibiotics to Combat

What is a Lyme disease “persister”?

Mounting evidence that shows Borrelia (Lyme disease) to remain active and continue to cause painful and debilitating symptoms even after antibiotic treatment has been given the name PTLDS or Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome in a strange determination to avoid the term “Chronic Lyme Disease.” Continue reading

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Governor Cuomo Signs Pro-Lyme Disease Bill Into Law

Governor Cuomo Signs Pro-Lyme Disease Bill Into Law

The State of New York has gotten something right.

A new law has been passed in New York protecting Lyme doctors from persecution thanks to the New York State Legislature, strong Lyme activism under Ellen Lubarsky, NY Coalition and Chair of New York City Lyme Disease Support Group and Jill Auerbach, Chair of the Hudson Valley Lyme Disease Association (along with many other Lyme support groups throughout New York State, New England and across the country,) and especially the state’s Governor Cuomo who ultimately signed the bill into law. 

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Studies Show Lyme Disease Persists After Antibiotic Treatment

Studies Show Lyme Disease Persists After Antibiotic Treatment

Yes, that is a picture of Dr. Alan Steere, one of the three doctors at Yale who discovered Lyme back in 1979.

So much has happened in the last three decades, but it took less than 10 years for researchers to Continue reading

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Aloe Arborescens for Lyme Disease

Aloe Arborescens for Lyme Disease

Over the last few years I have received many questions about aloe arborescens. I knew I had written about it, but due to numerous computer crashes and the BIG HACK (two years ago my blog posts were hacked and deleted!) I could not seem to find the information.

So it was while I wasn’t looking that I found the original post and decided to update the medical references and repost for those of you who are at your wits end. Continue reading

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Lyme Disease MSIDS History in the Making

Lyme Disease MSIDS History in the Making

Momentum is slowly changing as more and more esteemed medical doctors stand up for the dilemma patients struggle with to find compassionate treatment for their chronic Lyme disease, or as it is now becoming known as MSIDS (multiple symptom infectious disease syndrome.)

Borrelia, the family of bacteria that includes over 100 types in the US and 300 worldwide that we are aware of, can not be considered on it’s own due to the interaction of Lyme disease with the many co-infections.  However, Continue reading

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The Integrity of Advanced Lab Services

The Integrity of Advanced Lab Services

Until early 2012 there was no reliable diagnostic test beyond what is mentioned above. However as of 8/1/2012, a blood culture boasting 99% accuracy (later adjusted to 94% based on comparison testing ) was developed with the assistance of Dr. Burrascano which is accurate in all cases unless there is contamination. The test is a blood culture produced and run by Advanced Lab Services (http://www.advanced-lab.com ) . Continue reading

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Save That Tick and Get it Tested for Lyme Disease!

Save That Tick and Get it Tested for Lyme Disease!

Can you even tell what kind of tick is in the picture? It is a deer tick (larvae) and it is already infectious. Yes, it has been recently discovered that ticks become infected by their mother. Also, be aware that you don’t need a bull’s eye rash to confirm Lyme disease. And it doesn’t need to be a deer tick either.

There are only four out of twenty species studied from Shelter Island that can leave the skin and infect the rest of the body.  That means Continue reading

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Has Columbia University’s Lyme Research Center Sold Out to IDSA?

Has Columbia University's Lyme Research Center Sold Out to IDSA?

In 2003 the excitement was contagious.  For so many thousands of people suffering with chronic Lyme disease there was finally hope on the horizon.

Although the Lyme Research Center would not open until 2007, Columbia University Magazine wrote that year: “…Time for Lyme will continue to raise funds to establish the Columbia University Lyme Disease Research Center, the first Lyme disease research center in the United States…  U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., will accept the Time for Lyme Outstanding Service Award for his advocacy of national Lyme disease legislation. Continue reading

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Increasing Evidence Points to Major Role Birds Have in Spreading Lyme Disease

Increasing Evidence Points to Major Role Birds Have in Spreading Lyme Disease

Back in 2010, Yale reported the increasing evidence that pointed to migratory birds spreading Lyme disease not just between states but around the world.

A team led by School of Public Health researcher Maria Diuk-Wasser analyzed studies on 71 bird species that host the black legged tick, the main carrier of Lyme disease. Continue reading

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RIP Dr. Willy Burgdorfer: Scientific Community in Mourning

RIP Dr. Willy Burgdorfer: Scientific Community in Mourning

The discoverer of the spirochete that causes Lyme disease passed away yesterday, November 17, 2014.

In 1982, researcher Willy Burgdorfer, a researcher and expert in spirochetal diseases at Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana, along with his colleague Alan Barbour, M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center.  The scientists had been studying a large number of ticks in an effort to determine the cause of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Continue reading

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Progress with Lyme Disease Medical Debate

Progress with Lyme Disease Medical Debate

At the root of Lyme patients’ struggle for care is a heated debate within the medical community over how best to diagnose Lyme disease, the reliability of laboratory tests and the major difference between the definitions of chronic Lyme disease versus post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS).

Chronic Lyme disease assumes an active disease which continues to cause symptoms and PTLDS assumes a disease that has been treated Continue reading

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The Risk of Getting Infected With Lyme Disease in the Bedroom

The Risk of Getting Infected With Lyme Disease in the Bedroom

Research gathered by a group of international scientists was presented at the annual Western Regional Meeting of the American Federation for Medical Research.

The study was conducted by an esteemed group of researchers and the abstract was published in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Investigative Medicine.  The following was reported by Online PR News following a presentation made in Carmel, California. Continue reading

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Watch Out For Autumn Lyme Disease

Watch Out For Autumn Lyme Disease

Female ticks produce over 3000 nymphs that are amongst the most infectious type of tick, and almost impossible to see.

Imagine taking a jar of pepper and throwing it up in the air on a windy day. Think about that when you are outside anywhere during this autumn and the wind picks up. Continue reading

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Why is Publishing a Number for the Lyme Disease Epidemic Guesswork?

Why is Publishing a Number for the Lyme Disease Epidemic Guesswork?

Lately, most people either know someone personally who is suffering with Lyme disease, or they know someone who is close to someone suffering with Lyme disease.

Unfortunately, even though the Lyme disease Epidemic (better referred to as Borrelia Epidemic) continues to snowball, there are no real numbers that can be tallied.   Continue reading

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The Mystery of Lyme Disease

The Mystery of Lyme Disease

Four months ago, a 44-year-old woman was referred to me by her audiologist and ENT for acute deafness of the right ear. She is a healthy woman without any past medical history and was not on any medication. Her otolaryngologist (ENT) could not find any physical reason for the patient’s acute unilateral deafness, including a negative CAT scan. She was being referred to me to determine if there was an infection etiology for her deafness.
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Successful Protest in New York City to Support Victims of Lyme Disease

Successful Protest in New York City to Support Victims of Lyme Disease

The tide has turned and a groundswell of support is forming for people who are too sick to fight for themselves.

The protest which was announced in the New York Times Article recently  was a great success and apparently caught the attention of the Fox News Anchor Greta Van Susteren. Continue reading

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New FDA Regulations Could Stop Innovative Test Development for Lyme Disease

New FDA Regulations Could Stop Innovative Test Development for Lyme Disease

The FDA wants to move forward with regulations to restrict cutting edge laboratory developed tests (LDTs), which have not required FDA approval before, requiring FDA approval for all LDTs and effectively blocking critical innovation. 

Why would the FDA should restrict any  cutting edge lab test when the medical marketplace will drive the success of any test based on its success rate?  In this case the restrictions are very far reaching. Continue reading

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Share Your Struggle With Chronic Lyme Disease – Katie Couric Wants You!

Share Your Struggle With Chronic Lyme Disease - Katie Couric Wants You!

Are you struggling with chronic Lyme disease? (Oops, I forgot, there is no such thing as chronic Lyme disease – just ask Dr. Alan Steere) Well, instead of the mass media outlets ignoring chronic Lyme disease, they are now requesting stories. Continue reading

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Beyond Headlines: Lyme Disease Interview with Amy Tan and Dr. Stricker

Beyond Headlines: Lyme Disease Interview with Amy Tan and Dr. Stricker

This groundbreaking interview is well worth watching as it makes some claims that those of us in the Lyme community have believed for a long time – and it is GREAT to hear it on mainstream news finally, such as a possible one million new cases per year – yes, that is still probably an understated number but much closer than 20,000 or even 200,000 per year.

I also love Ms. Tan’s definition of healthy: “…if you can do all the things you want to do.” Fo many that should be inspiring and for others something to shoot for.

I still believe in my heart we can get rid of Borrelia completely by removing all the hiding places (parasites, biofilms, etc); having the correct “killing protocols” that work for our unique physical make-up (including immune system), co-infections with correct length of treatment; correct fitness (enough sleep, proper diet); and finally nutritional supplements for symptoms, recovery, strength and energy as well as general health.

Watch here: http://neuro-lyme.com/videoblog/amy-tan-and-dr-stricker-interview/

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It Could Be Worse: Chagas

It Could Be Worse: Chagas

Chagas, or the “Kissing Bug” appears to be on the rise.  For those of us with chronic Lyme disease, which many consider incurable once it has been in the body for a certain length of time, Chagas is also incurable unless it is treated at the onset like Borrelia burgdorferi.  Unlike, Bb, Chagas is a parasite that enters the host after the bug bite is itched – usually on the face (which is why it is called the “Kissing Bug”) but the fatalities are alarming. Continue reading

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